GP Messico, commenti post qualifiche–31/10/2015
Kimi Raikkonen had to run old-spec Ferrari F1 engine in qualifying
Kimi Raikkonen was forced to switch to a previous specification engine for Mexican Grand Prix qualifying after his car caught fire in final practice.
The Finn pulled off the circuit with smoke billowing from the rear of his Ferrari and the team subsequently removed the engine after finding a problem with the exhaust.
The team fitted an old-spec engine and changed the gearbox, which was damaged in the fire, in time to get Raikkonen out for qualifying, where he finished 15th quickest after encountering a brake problem in Q2.
Ferrari is unsure whether the damaged engine can be used again and will take it back to Maranello for further inspection.
Raikkonen hinted that the team has plenty of options with regards making changes before Sunday’s race, which could include a change to a fresh new spec unit, because the gearbox penalty means he will start near the back anyway.
"It might be one place but that’s not a lot when you’re at the back – we’re pretty much free to do what we want," said Raikkonen.
"I had to stop the car, then we had to change the engine to one we have run already this year and fit a new gearbox because we had a fire in the car.
"It was not a lot of time to fix the car but the mechanics managed to do it so that was one of the few positive things.
"Unfortunately with the limited time we had, we had a small issue with the brakes.
"The plan was go through to Q2 as we knew we were going to get some penalties so it wouldn’t make any sense to even go through Q3 at this point, so at least we can decide what tyres we use."
Mexican Grand Prix – “Excellent job in the garage”
Kimi praises mechanics’ work after P3 trouble
Kimi Raikkonen: “This morning we had a problem with the car in P3, and we had to change the engine and the gearbox. It was a very tight call to put everything back together, but the guys did an excellent job to make the car ready for Q1 in that small lapse of time available. However there was not enough time and not everything was 100 per cent, I still had a small issue with brakes. Actually, they were working, but then they locked up on one lap. Anyway, with all the penalties we are getting tomorrow, our best option was to do well enough to make it to Q2 and not really do anything after that. We did three fast laps so that we can check later that everything is ok with the car and try to make a good run out of it.”
Ferrari changes Kimi Raikkonen’s F1 engine again at Mexican GP
Kimi Raikkonen is to serve an additional 30-place grid penalty ahead of today’s Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix following a second engine change of the weekend.
Ferrari driver Raikkonen was scheduled to start 18th on the grid after qualifying 15th in light of taking a penalty for a gearbox change.
That followed a final practice session in which his car caught fire, forcing the Scuderia into the gearbox change, and also installing a previous spec of engine to ensure he could take part in qualifying.
With qualifying out of the way, Ferrari then decided to hand Raikkonen a new system, and other ancillary parts.
The Finn takes a 10-place penalty for a sixth internal combusion engine, plus five places apiece for a fifth turbocharger, MGU-H, energy store and control electronics, for 30 in total.
The upshot is, however, Raikkonen only drops one place on the grid to 19th, with McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button either side of him, with the latter serving a 70-place penalty.